In this article we'll learn:
- How to use Force Print
- Which parameters and settings can be used in Force Print
In order to quickly upload print files into the Workflow or to send them directly to the printer, we recommend using the Force Print option. Using Force Print you can determine:
- Which Print Files, how often (number of copies) and with which scaling you want to apply.
- Whether a single job or multiple jobs should be created, as well as which Fixups should be applied to the uploaded Print Files
- Which Output Configuration and Finishing settings should be used.
2. Using Force Print
If you want to batch print specific Print Files using a Production Job or send them directly to the printer, proceed as follows:
- Select the Automation > Force Print menu item.
- The Force Print interface is divided into three separate panels: File Upload , Job Parameters  and Configuration – Output and Finishing .
- Enter the necessary values in the three panels including uploading your files in the file upload area.
- Once you have configured everything, you can select either Create Production Job  or Send to Printer . The rest will be handled automatically by the Workflow.
Figure 1: The Force Print interface in overview.
You can go through each panel as needed. We provide a more detailed overview in the sub-steps described below.
2.1. Uploading Print Files
Follow these steps for the File Upload panel:
- Add the files to be processed to the File Upload area. You can do this by dragging the files into the drop zone  or by clicking on the drop zone and selecting files locally.
- This will create an entry for each file in the list shown below.
- Here you can select the desired number of Copies , you can enter individual Print Item Names  as well as the Scaling factor  which will be applied when uploaded.
Figure 2: The File Upload panel with a list of added files to be processed.
2.2. Job Parameters
the following settings can be entered in the Job Parameters panel:
- Under Mode , specify whether you want to create separate Jobs for each file or create a Production Job with multiple items.
- Enter a Job Name  for the Production Job. Optionally, you can also enter a Production Date and the Shipping Date.
- Under the Data Preparation panel, you can select a previously created Fixup Chain  and apply it here.
Figure 3: The Job Parameters and Data Preparation panel.
2.3. Configuration – Output and Finishing
Select the following settings in the Configuration - Output and Finishing settings area or save your settings in the form of templates, as follows:
- In the Output Configuration  area, select the Printer, Print Configuration, Substrate and Substrate Definition and the Color Policy.
- Then specify the Destination in which the rendered data should be stored.
- If the uploaded print data should also be imposed, select the Impose Mode with the appropriate Impose Template and a Cutting Device with the corresponding Parameter Set under the Finishing  tab.
Figure 4: The Configuration - Output and Finishing panel in overview.
3. Create Production Job or Send to Printer
Now that you entered the necessary settings for all three panels, you can either Send to Printer, or Create a Production Job. Proceed as follows.
- In the action bar, click on Create Production Job  to start the upload and check-in process for print items and then create a Production Job. If you want to start the RIP process immediately and transfer the print data to the printer, click on Send to Printer .
Figure 5: The action bar in the header when Force Print is selected.
- The print data is transferred to the Workflow and the check-in process is started.
Figure 6: The File Upload panel displays print items that are currently being uploaded and checked-in for a Production Job.
- You must now wait for the upload and check-in process to complete. When the process is complete, the Force Print Finished dialog is displayed.
- In this dialog you have the choice to either create a new Force Print Job - Create new Force Print , or to go directly to the Production Job List - Go to Production Job List .
Figure 7: The Force Print Finished dialog.
4. Creating Force Print & Output Configuration Templates
Recurring types of Production Jobs and processes can also be saved as templates. There are two options available in Force Print:
- Output Configuration Templates – This template includes: the Printer, Print Configuration, Substrate and Substrate Definition, Color Policy and the Destination (target directory). Optionally, a DeviceN Color Correction can also be selected. This type of template can also be used in the Workflow in other areas such as the selection of the Output Configuration in a Production Job.
- Force Print Templates – This template includes all options that were selected in the Output Configuration area as well as the options selected in the Finishing panel which include: Impose Mode, Impose Template, Cutter and Parameter Set. Force Print templates are only available when using Force Print and cannot be applied elsewhere as is the case with Output Configuration Templates.
To save an Output Configuration Template, proceed as follows:
- Select your desired settings in the Output Configuration panel.
- When the Output Configuration is completely filled in, click on the Save  icon.
Figure 8: The Output Configuration area of the Configuration - Output and Finishing panel.
- A new dialog opens where you can enter the Name  and a Comment. To save the template, click on Save.
- If you want to save a Force Print Template, proceed in the same way.
Figure 9: The Save Template dialog.